Facebook Defends Their Support Of CISPA

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Facebook has announced that they are in favor of the the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523), known as CISPA. What is CISPA? CISPA is a bill coming up before Congress that was authored by Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). There are currently over 100 co-sponsors of the bill. The CISPA has an emphasis on ?theft or misappropriation of private or government information? about four times throughout the bill. There has been a backlash about this bill just like there was for SOPA. But CISPA has support from several tech companies like Facebook, IBM, Verizon, and AT&T.

CISPA’s primary function is to remove legal barriers that might keep Internet companies from giving all your communication and information to the government. It allows “cyber entities” (such as Internet service providers, social networks like Facebook, and cell phone companies like AT&T) to circumvent Internet privacy laws when they’re pressured by Homeland Security to hand over or shut down — well, almost anything of yours online that the government wants, no warrant needed.

Facebook said that they are in support of CISPA, but they acknowledge that the bill would make it easier for Facebook and other companies to receive critical threat data from the U.S. government. Facebook VP of U.S. public policy Joel Kaplan said “[CISPA] would impose no new obligations on us to share data with anyone — and ensures that if we do share data about specific cyber threats, we are able to continue to safeguard our users’ private information, just as we do today.”